Lacock charity will open new cafe after winning TV cash

Wiltshire Times: Director Jane Wheeler and Scrapstore volunteers with the cheque Director Jane Wheeler and Scrapstore volunteers with the cheque

A new café will be coming to a popular Lacock charity after it secured nearly £50,000 through a public vote.

The Wiltshire Scrapstore on Bowden Hill was awarded £49,975 from the People’s Millions, a grants lottery fund run by the Big Lottery Fund and ITV.

The charity, which recycles junk materials for art and educational products across the county, went up against a Gloucestershire young carers’ charity on ITV regional news last Wednesday, to appeal for funding for the café.

Although it came second on the night, it received enough votes to qualify as fourth-place runner-up on the week-long appeal, and will receive the full amount requested.

Scrapstore assistant director Glynis Cosgrove said: “We had enough support from the wonderful public to ensure that we came fourth and got the money we asked for, which was just under £50,000.

“That will fully fund the café, food safety training to get it up and running, and will pay for someone to run it. It was the best thing for us, as it meant the young carers, who so deserve funding, also got what they needed, so we were both winners on the day.

“I want to say a big thank you to everybody involved; our volunteers, who went out in the streets on the day to get the news out, and the public who read about us in the paper and saw us on the television and picked up their phones.”

The café will provide a space for visitors to stop for a coffee and a cake, and it is hoped it will attract more people to the centre.

Mrs Cosgrove said: “Hopefully it will raise our profile. It was really good marketing as well, which wasn’t the intention, but it means a lot more people know about us. We had new members join on the actual day.

“New Year is usually our quiet time, and we are hoping to get everything done in the early part of January.”

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